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CRC Proposes Cutting Out
Emergency Repair Permit Fee
Members of the state's Coastal Resources Commis
sion plan to do away with a fee the state charges people
making emergency repairs to storm-damaged homes.
At its next meeting May 27 and 28, the commission
will hold a public hearing on the proposal, acting in re
sponse to a letter written to the division by a Camden
After voting unanimously last Friday to do away
with the S50 fee, commissioners were advised by an as
sistant attorney general that a public hearing would be
That hearing will be just one of three at the next meet
ing, said Jeanctte Johnson, public information officer for
the N.C. Office of Coastal Management, which serves as
staff to the CRC. Others arc set for creating a general per
mit for modifying mooring facilities if there is no increase
in the "footprint" of the project or the number of slips;
and changing the management objective to "conserve and
manage" for the estuarine system, coastal wetlands, estu
arine waters and public tmst waters.
Commissioners are also interested in cutting the av
erage turnaround time for coastal development permit
applications. They voted Friday to ask two agencies, the
stale's Division of Environmental Management and the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to speed up their review
of applications. The two arc among 16 agencies that rou
tinely review applications for permits for proposals larg
er than one acre.
Sunset Beach's land use plan update was certified by
the commission and immediately put to use by the N.C.
Office of Coastal Management in reviewing permit ap
plications. Land use plans must be updated every five
As it looks at ways to deal with coastal highways
threatened by erosion, the CRC is asking the N.C. De
partment of Transportation for a per mile cost estimate
of bridge construction. N.C. State University researchers
John Fisher and Marjorie Overton reported last week
that they have identified 15 sections of coastal highway
as vulnerable. Possible responses by the state includc
abandonment, relocation, ferry service or bridge con
At the start of the two-day meeting last Thursday at
the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel in Wilmington, nine
people spoke during the commission's first public com
ment period, addressing coastal concerns from ocean
erosion to development standards. Issue-oriented com
ments are encouraged, but speakers cannot discuss cer
tain business before the commission, such as pending
applications and contested cases. "1 was impressed with
the content of their comments," said Johnson.
In other business, CRC members were advised last
week of that interim district manager Bob Stroud has
been appointed Wilmington District Office manager by
Secretary Roger N. Schcctcr. Stroud has been with the
agency since 1978.
Also announced was availability of $145,000 in fed
eral funds for two special projects, a functional assess
ment of wetlands and developing resource and growth
impact coefficients. The state office has four years in
which to develop coastal management improvements in
four areas under a 309 Enhancement Grant Program:
wetlands, cumulative impacts, ocean policy and special
With the assistance of the N.C. Nature Conservancy
the state will soon own 128 acres of maritime woods on
Bald Head Island, with an additional land purchase ex
pected this summer. Acquisitions in Buxton Woods and
of Masonboro Island also are continuing.
Eugene Tomlinson of Southport, a member since
1977, is interim chairman of the 15-membcr CRC. Two
seats are vacant on the board following the resignations
in January of Aurora Mayor Grace Bonner from a local
government seat and former chairman James Harrington
from his at-large seat.
April 15 is the deadline for local governments in
coastal counties to nominate people for those seats. Gov.
Jim Hunt will make the appointments.
PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
County Students Win At Fair
A South Brunswick Middle
School student as well as a South
Brunswick High student earned rec
ognition at the 1993 Southeast Reg
ional Science and Mathematics Fair
held March 13 at the University of
North Carolina at Wilmington.
Megan Jeans, a student at South
Middle, placed first in the junior
technology division and also won
special awards from the American
Nuclear Society and the North
Carolina Alternative Energy Corp.
As reported in last week's Bea
con, Justin Rohde of South Bruns
wick High placed second in the se
nior biological science division. He
also received the Senior Award from
the North Carolina Biotechnology
Center and the U.S. Navy/Marine
Corps Biological Science Award.
They were among students from
14 counties competing for awards at
the fair. Both will go on to compete
at the State Science Fair April 16 in
Area Women In Show
Works by three Oak Island artists
were accepted in the Orange County
Women's Center art show in Chapel
They are Ortrud M. Tyler of Long
Beach with an abstract painting,
"Through the Door;" Shirley Little
of Caswell Beach with an abstract
painting, "Untitled #2;" and Lauer
Brown from Yaupon Beach for her
painting, "Rape of the Bosnian Wo
The exhibit will be on display
April 1-16 at the Women's Center,
On Coast Guard Cutter
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st
Class Raymond H. Bilney, son of
Dr. and Mrs. Raymond H. Bitney of
Southport, is deployed aboard the
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis,
homcported in Honolulu, Hawaii, to
the Western Pacific.
The vessel is conducting a laws
and treaties enforcement mission
and a training and nation-building
Recently, the cutter arrived at the
island of Chuuk, one of four states
in the Federated States of Micro
nesia. The crew trained in areas such
as outboard engine repair, dicscl en
gine preventative maintenance and
troubleshooting, basic air condition
ing and refrigeration systems main
tenance, team fircfighting and dam
age control, welding and shop prac
tices and training in repairing aids to
Additionally, the culler com
manded a search-and-rescue case in
volving an 18-fooi fiberglass boat
carrying five fishermen that was
overdue to arrive at Saiawal Island.
Jarvis coordinated the search pai
tcms for several aircraft for nearly
two days until the vessel was found.
Bitney is a 1982 graduate of the
University of Idaho at Moscow with
a B.S. degree and a 1983 graduate of
Washington State University.
Senior Airman Timothy E.
Vaught has re-enlisted in the U.S.
Air Force for six years.
Vaught, a production control spe
cialist, is ihe son of Mary O. Vaught
and the brother of Rudolph Vaught,
both of Winnabow.
His wife Karen is the daughter of
Ernest and Carrie Faison of Wilm
The airman is a 1985 graduate of
South Brunswick High School.
On Submarine Duty
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Paul S. Brown, son of Donald J.
Brown of Leland, recently reported
for duty aboard the submarine USS
San Juan, homcported in Groton,
The 1984 graduate of LaFarge
ville Central High School of La
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Two Attend Classroom
Two Brunswick County high
school students recently saw the fed
eral government in action as partici
pants in Presidential Classroom's
1993 Senior High Program in
Attending were Jennifer Hardee, a
junior at South
School, and Dan
Martin, a stu
dent at West
Jennifer is the
W.T. and Carol
Hardee of Win
They were among 374 juniors and
seniors from M states, the Com
monwealth of Puerto Rico, Haiti,
Canada and Japan. The students
spent a week meeting with govern
ment leaders and transition officials,
and learning firsthand about the de
The students attended seminars,
met with legislators and/or their staff
and attended committee hearings
and Congressional sessions.
Seminar speakers included inves
tigative reporter and columnist Jack
Anderson and George Noroian, in
ternational economist, Office of
European Community and Regional
Affairs, the U.S. Department of
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STAfF PHOTO BY LYNN CAHLSON
THE HAMPTON ROADS dredges in front of the Varnamtown fish houses late last week. The dredg
ing will continue another two miles upriver until the $1.4 million project is finished in an estimated two
Lockwood Folly Channel Dredqinq Halfwav There
The Hampton Roads steamed in
froni of the Varnamtown fish houses
lasl week to clear the Lock wood
Folly River channel as far upriver as
it has been dredged in two to four
Longtime residents said they
could remember the channel being
dredged that far only once in two to
four decades, and that they had nev
er seen it dredged as far as it will be
this time?3.6 miles above the
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
The SI.4 million project is about
half finished and is on schedule, ac
cording to Sheila Jack of the U.S.
Corps of Engineers Wilmington of
fice. The work, which began March
17, is expected to be complete with
in two weeks. Jack said.
"It'll give people somewhere to
take their boats in storms," said Judy
Varnam at Garland's Seafood. Up
river from the fish houses is a tradi
tional safe harbor where boats can
be tied to trees and protected from
the wind during hurricanes.
However, extensive shoaling up
river?particularly at an area known
as Mary's Shell Bed?has made that
impossible in recent years. Past the
area currently being dredged, the
channel is adequately wide and
deep. Jack said.
Fishermen arc hopeful that the re
sulting increased water flow in the
channel will help clean up pollution
which has closed many shellfish
beds over the years.
About 180,(XX) cubic feet of
dredge spoil is being pumped
25,(XX) feet to Long Beach, to an
area beginning a mile cast of Lock
wood Folly Inlet and continuing east
for about 5,0(X) feet. The area in
cludes a section previously used for
dredge material disposal.
Proposed Precinct Changes
Bound To State For Review
BY SUSAN USHER
Plans for realigning prccincts in
western Brunswick County arc on
their way to Raleigh for review by
Monday night the Brunswick
County Board of Elections approved
a plan that creates five precincts
from four in ShalloUc Township
(four south of U.S. 17 and one north
of U.S. 17) and consolidates the two
prccincts in Waccamaw Township
into a single precinct, said Elections
Supervisor Lynda Britu
"These boundaries are so cut and
dry they arc going to be easy for
people to point at a map and say,
"This is where I live,' said Britt. "It's
going to make it easier for the peo
ple who work with them to locate
them in the correct precinct."
The revisions must be reviewed
by the N.C. Legislative Services
Office, which will make its recom
mendations to the Suite Board of
Elections, which must approve the
precinct changes and maps.
"In Raleigh they may want to
change something," Britt said, "and
now they have the authority to do
Below U.S. 17 the precincts are
Frying Pan, Grissctlown, Shingle
tree I and Shingletrec II; Longwood
Precinct is above U.S. 17, stretching
from the U.S. 17 bypass of Shallotte
to the South Carolina state line. The
designation of Shingletrec I and II
reflects Shingletrec having been the
largest of the precincts affccted.
The changes follow "Plan C," one
of three options taken to public hear
ing, with one exception. The bound
ary for Frying Pan Precinct was
shifted from N.C. 130 West (White
ville Road) near Shailottc lo Mc
Milly Road. That will allow voters
who live just northwest of Shailottc
to continue voting at the N.C.
National Guard Armory instead of
traveling to Longwood.
The dividing point along U.S. 17
for Shingletrce 1 and II will be
Thomasboro Road, with the line fol
lowing N.C. 179 and then Calabash
Once the state elections board
gives its nod, or changes the maps,
the local election board can begin
updating voter registration records
to reflect the change. Briu said she
would like to have the changes com
pleted in time for the November
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